Strawberry-Rhubarb Compote (Paleo, Vegan)

I first published this recipe on my old blog this time last year but somehow forgot to post it here after I made Real Food Renegades! It’s funny because this is one of my all-time favourite recipes that I make every week in the spring and summer. I was reminded by my lovely reader Janel, who’s a very avid fan of my Strawberry-Rhubarb Compote, to share it here! This is one of the simplest batch cooking recipes you can make throughout this warmer weather with fresh rhubarb from your own backyard (it grows like a weed!) and your family can use it all week – it’s the perfect spread for waffles and pancakes, or fill the gluten-free pie shells from this recipe for something new. With the tantalizing sweet and sour flavours of strawberry and rhubarb, you can’t go wrong! 

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Cheesy Barbecue Kale Chips (Vegan, GF, Paleo)

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Kale is such a cliche, honestly: 20-year-old hipsters drinking a stringy kale smoothie, etc, etc. Though I have a strong dislike for cliches I can’t help but be one when it comes to kale. I love it so much! I’m not a huge fan of it in smoothies (probably because my blender has issues) but give me a big bowl of kale salad dressed with guacamole or balsamic vinegar and I’ll dive in headfirst. And I have no sense of control around freshly-baked kale chips. For example, when I made these Cheesy Barbecue Kale Chips last night, I ate the whole head of kale (minus three chips, which my mom ate) in a hour.

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Coconut-Lemon Curd (Dairy-Free, Paleo, Lightly Sweetened)

Believe it or not, I was inspired to make this lovely, luscious lemon curd because of a song. A little jingle I wrote, actually, while skiing a couple weekends ago. You see, I got a ukulele for Christmas, and she’s (her name is Lele) the BEST THING EVER! I cannot stop strumming and this campfire-y song came to me that I call Lemon Curd (The Pie Song). It’s not quite an ode to pie, but of course it has food references ๐Ÿ˜‰ After singing about lemon curd I got a huge craving for some, so I made a batch! 

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Cinnamon-Chili Roasted Veggies with Cayenne-Lime Dip (Whole30, Paleo, primal)

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Dip ’em. Drizzle ’em. Delight in ’em. These roasted veg are so good that they’ll fulfill your fry cravings, while providing a wonderful dose of vegetables and healthy fats! Tossed in lots of smoky-sweet spices, these Cinnamon-Chili Roasted Veggies pair perfectly with the tangy & creamy homemade Cayenne-Lime Dip! We all know winters can get cold and bleak, so you’ll be surprised what a little zest and pizzaz can do for the winter blues. It’s hard not to be happy when beets are around as there’s so many possible puns available. You might have seen my Instagram Story dancing to Juju on That Beet ๐Ÿ˜‰ If you’re feeling down, smile and sing “Here Comes The Sun” in hope, and in the meantime take a little vacation with this amazing snack or side dish. 

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Lemon Raspberry Jam (Refined Sugar-Free)

Who else is a huge fan of jam? I definitely am. I think that it’s more to do with the memories I have of making homemade jam, in huge batches with my mom and grandmother, than the jam itself. We’d fill a ginormous pot with blueberries and sugar, and I’d get to stir as we added pectin to let it set. Both of my grandmothers’ make mean strawberry jams, too! A favourite breakfast of mine would be toast slathered with vegan margarine (no butter, since I’m allergic to dairy!) and sweet berry jam.

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“Got Kraut?” Recipe + Ferment Facts!

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Have you heard about the amazing benefits of fermented foods?! I sure have, but at first I thought that fermenting would be a confusing, complicated process. Though I still haven’t tried making my own kombucha (it’s a very delicate process… and I don’t have a SCOBY ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) I make my own homemade sauerkraut as a staple food in our house. I can eat it at every meal: it’s perfect with eggs and greens for breakfast! Sauerkraut provides a tangy and crunchy bite – full of flavour, yet made with whole ingredients and Whole30 and vegan approved – and is great for gut health. In case you haven’t heard about some of the healing properties of raw fermented foods, here is a nice little list to get you started!

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Chimichurri

It’s no secret that I adore gardening. If you follow me on Instagram (follow along by clicking on my sidebar widget!), you’ll know that I often post pics of my various veggies and herbs! I love watching them grow, so slowly that I don’t notice a change until I check back again a few days later, only to ponder in bewilderment when, exactly, they did all that growing. It’s like people. You look in the mirror day after day, not noticing the little tweaks in your body and yourself, until you’ve morphed into a completely new person. Time, and our perception of it, really is an amazing thing!

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